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December 21, 2004 > Christmas With the Kranks

Christmas With the Kranks

Rated PG for brief language and suggestive content

by Susana Nuñez

Based on the novel Skipping Christmas by John Grisham, Christmas With the Kranks explores the possibility of a season without holiday cheer. Starring the hilarious Tim Allen (The Santa Clause and TV's Home Improvement) alongside the talented Jamie Lee Curtis (Freaky Friday), the film provides an excellent twist to the conventional Christmas movie. Audiences will also be pleased to see memorable comedians return to the big screen in this holiday hit, including Dan Aykroyd and Cheech Marin.

For years, the Kranks have celebrated Christmas together with a yuletide glee they expressed through neighborhood traditions, contest-winning decorations, and a hit annual Christmas party. Luther (Tim Allen) and Nora Krank (Jamie Lee Curtis) would not have the holidays spent any other way, until now. Their daughter Blair (Julie Gonzalo) has decided to spend the holidays with the Peace Corps in Peru, marking the family's first Christmas apart. Hoping to take their minds off the lonely holiday, Luther suggests a Caribbean cruise free of Christmas trees, fruitcakes and carolers. Nora quickly warms up to the idea and the couple decides to skip the day and spend a week in the sun.

Preparation for the big trip is underway, to the dismay of the neighborhood, and the couple's Christmas boycott is in full effect. No one is more displeased than local busybody Vic Frohmeyer (Dan Aykroyd). The neighborhood turns against the Kranks, with the help of Frohmeyer, and the couple undergoes holiday hazing as they long for the day of their trip. Suddenly, the Kranks receive a phone call from their beloved Blair, who happily informs them that she will definitely be coming home for Christmas. In less than 24 hours, Luther and Nora have to win back the neighborhood and bring Christmas back.

Director and Revolution Studios head Joe Roth first discovered Skipping Christmas before it was even published. John Grisham's agent, who knew Roth was a big fan of Grisham's writing, informed him about the book. Roth states, "Even as I was reading it, all I could think was that this would make a great Christmas movie." Roth was not alone in his faith in the film, since the script attracted legendary actors/comedians like Dan Aykroyd. About working with fellow comedian Tim Allen, Aykroyd states, "There are just some people who are born funny, and Tim is definitely one of them."

Christmas With the Kranks has a cast chemistry rarely seen on the big screen. The characters' escapades in this non-traditional Christmas movie will have audiences laughing from beginning to end. This heart-warming film is currently in theaters, so it's not too late to catch this incredibly funny film.

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